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  • Press Releases
  • Press Releases

    f_001 Advances Through Stem Cell Research

    a_001 Advances Through Stem Cell Research

    November 16, 2014 2:30 PM - November 16, 2014 3:30 PM

    Room 202B

    How do we limit the devastating effects of the more than 1,000 neurological and neurodegenerative diseases that affect billions of people worldwide? Advances in stem cell research are bringing us closer to understanding, finding treatments for, and stopping the progression of, debilitating degenerative conditions including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Machado-Joseph, and Huntington’s diseases.

    f_002 Advancing Brain Science Through Innovative Technologies and Methods

    a_002 Advancing Brain Science Through Innovative Technologies and Methods

    November 16, 2014 12:45 PM - November 16, 2014 1:45 PM

    Room 202B

    Major research projects around the globe such as the BRAIN Initiative seek to improve understanding of the brain through the development of new technologies. Researchers demonstrate how implementing new methods and tools — such as improved techniques for imaging the connections between and communication among brain cells as well as nanoparticle therapies — can advance the field and lead to novel discoveries.

    f_003 Exploring Toxic Tau’s Role in Neurodegeneration

    a_003 Exploring Toxic Tau’s Role in Neurodegeneration

    November 16, 2014 10:00 AM - November 16, 2014 11:00 AM

    Room 202B

    Tau, a common brain protein, has long been associated with the progression of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. New findings explore how the toxic form of tau spreads in the brain and how reversing the changes induced by toxic tau may improve cognition.

    f_004 From One Sense to Another: Crossing Sensory Modalities

    a_004 From One Sense to Another: Crossing Sensory Modalities

    November 17, 2014 2:00 PM - November 17, 2014 3:00 PM

    Room 202B

    Our senses form our perception of the world around us, but new research may change our understanding of how the brain interprets those sensory signals. Recent findings demonstrate how our senses of touch, vision, and hearing may intersect and how they may be involved in communicating emotional information.

    f_005 Legal Drugs of Abuse: The Science Behind Addiction

    a_005 Legal Drugs of Abuse: The Science Behind Addiction

    November 17, 2014 10:00 AM - November 17, 2014 11:00 AM

    Room 202B

    Some of the most commonly abused drugs are the legal ones: alcohol, nicotine, and, in some places, marijuana. Understanding the neurobiological components involved in addiction to these drugs can help pave the way for new treatments. New studies suggest that scent conditioning during sleep may help reduce smoking and that stimulating a certain part of the brain may inhibit alcohol seeking.

    f_006 Potential Treatments for Spinal Cord Injuries

    a_006 Potential Treatments for Spinal Cord Injuries

    November 17, 2014 11:30 AM - November 17, 2014 12:30 PM

    Room 202B

    Spinal cord damage often results in severe, life-altering limitations on an individual’s movement abilities. However, new potential treatments, from stem cells to brain-machine interface, aim to help reanimate paralyzed hands or arms, recover normal breathing patterns, and regain mobility by wirelessly navigating a wheelchair.

    f_007 Detecting, Understanding, and Preventing Neuroinflammation

    a_007 Detecting, Understanding, and Preventing Neuroinflammation

    November 17, 2014 3:30 PM - November 17, 2014 4:30 PM

    Room 202B

    Inflammation in the central nervous system occurs when our brains are exposed to injury, disease, poor diet, and infection. Examining neuroinflammation may help explain why some people are predisposed to psychiatric diseases, obesity, and chronic fatigue, and highlight ways to monitor treatment and progression of neurodegenerative diseases.

    f_008 The Developing Brain

    a_008 The Developing Brain

    November 18, 2014 10:00 AM - November 18, 2014 11:00 AM

    Room 202B

    How do evolutionary and experiential factors affect brain development? Researchers explore how the human brain’s extended developmental schedule may account for our remarkable cognitive abilities, as well as how stress on expectant mothers and traumatic experiences during early life may have lasting effects on mental health.

    f_009 The Importance of Sleep

    a_009 The Importance of Sleep

    November 18, 2014 12:30 PM - November 18, 2014 1:30 PM

    Room 202B

    Sleep plays a vital part in brain health, with far-reaching effects on memory and learning. Recent findings examine sleep’s role in memory formation and storage — including how disruption of sleep can be detrimental to these functions — as well as a possible therapy for sleep disturbances after a traumatic brain injury.

    f_010 Unhealthy Diet, Unhealthy Mind

    a_010 Unhealthy Diet, Unhealthy Mind

    November 18, 2014 1:45 PM - November 18, 2014 2:45 PM

    Room 202B

    To what extent does an unhealthy diet lead to an unhealthy mind? Research sheds new light on how your sweet tooth may be blamed on your mother’s diet and how your diet may affect your ability to respond to stress. Scientists also explore how obesity may place people at an increased risk for developing memory problems and how a calorie-restricted diet protects the brain.